Correlation Between Emotion And Music Performance

1730 Words Jan 13th, 2016 7 Pages
There are studies that aimed to measure the correlation between emotions with other variables, and adding to that, physiological response was also measured in recent researches (Elices et al, 2012, Rollings, 2013). It suggested some parts of the brain are associated with emotions (Miu & Baltes, 2012, Mauss & Robinson, 2009).

When measuring empathy, researchers tend to use tools such as questionnaires and physiological changes when applying a stimuli. The evidence showed the changes of physiology was occurred when participants was watching emotional videos (Elices et al, 2012; Rollings, 2012; Sze et al, 2012). Miu and Baltes (2012) investigated the correlation between empathy and music performance, which suggested empathy can enhance one’s music performance and throughout their research, they discovered that traits of sympathy had a stronger correlation with negative emotions.

The present study is looking at whether empathy can predict one’s physiological change. This study is using three traits of empathy: others, suffering and contagion. The findings from previous research (Miu & Blates, 2012) and some studies used negative emotional stimuli and the result showed a stronger physiological change compared to positive stimuli. For example, Elices et al (2012) applied three stimuli which aimed to elicit anger, disgust and fear; Sze et al study (2012) showed that distressing films increased more changes in one’s physiology. Therefore, suffering could predict a change in an…
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